Announcing 20 Books of Summer ’21!

Yep, it is official, I’m doing it again.

20 Books of Summer is back for another year and this is your call to start planning!

Do you fancy getting 20 books off your TBR in three months? Think of the joys that this challenge brings:

  • All that deliberating over what books to choose and how many – 10, 15 or the Full Monty?
  • Crazed reading during the warmest months of the year
  • Decisions over how you measure your progress – by books read per month? Or pages read by day?
  • Panicked reviewing as you try to cram everything in to the time frame

Ah, but you all know it is a lot more fun than that!

It’s pretty common knowledge that I am the slackest challenge host and will bend the rules to help anyone reach their goal.

Want to swap a book? Go for it.

Fancy changing your list half way through? No problem.

Deciding to drop your goal from 20 to 15 (or even 10)? I am fine with that.

I will be using one or two of those tricks to try to read all 20 myself. At the moment I am in the throes of working out my perfect pile of 20 – a sneaky play, some non-fiction, as many novellas as I can get away with – and I’ll be unveiling my final choices next week.

Choosing your list of books is half the fun, as is following along with everyone’s progress on this years new #20booksofsummer21 hashtag.

This year I am kicking off on Tuesday 1 June and finishing on Wednesday 1 September. For the last TWO years I have completed my challenge, reading and reviewing all 20 books, so the pressure is well and truly on.

If you want to join in, just take the Books of Summer image, pick your own 10, 15 or 20 books you would like to read. Come back in a few weeks and you can share your sign up post on the special link up page, so I know that you are taking part. 

I’d love your support and do hope some of you will join in the summer reading fun! Who’s in?

20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. Me, me, me, I’m in! I can’t work out whether I’m going to include my Anne Tylers or not – I will definitely put all the Dean St Press, Persephones and Viragoes I have (well maybe not all the later as that’s all my Maya Angelous!) in August as usual, and will use it to get through my TBR. Hooray!

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  2. I shall be joining in again, Cathy — and thanks for hosting as usual — but am going to play it safe again by going for 10 or 15 books. The reason being that I have a number of chunksters that I have a nagging feeling I’ve been promising myself I’ll tackle for some while now. But I have a month to decide, so I can release some self-inflicted pressure on myself!

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    • I have been very tempted to add Lonesome Dove to my list but I think I’ll leave it off as I want to read 20 and it is the equivalent of about 3 books 🤣 So glad you are joining in again, look forward to seeing your choices.


      • I see the original hardback of Lonesome Dove ran to more than 800 pages, so I’m not surprised you’ve eschewed it for more manageable titles! Though even ‘normal’ sized novels often run to 300+ pages these days.

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  3. Are we almost at summer already? Doesn’t feel like it today!
    I’ll probably pick a list of ten again, because otherwise I’ll stray too much. Thanks for hosting this again!

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  4. I week ago or so I saw a post where someone was already planning their 20 Books of Summer list and I thought…That’s way too early. Apparently not. The months are going by faster than I thought.

    My big problem is reviewing the books within a time frame but I always aim to finish reading all the books at least. Last year I did not, but I had a good excuse then.

    I love doing lists so I will start working on it soon.

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  5. Hi Cathy – I can’t believe it’s almost summer again – I’m looking forward to seeing what books you’ll be reading. I’m doing a summer reading through our library, but I’m sure I won’t be able to read 20 books. You’re a reading machine in the summer though, so I have no doubt you’ll get it done!

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  6. Hmm… as usual my first response is not this year! But no doubt as usual my second response will be to start making lists… 😀 Can’t believe it’s that time of year again already…


  7. Like everyone else I can’t quite believe that it’s this time of year again, but I am very excited about this. I actually finished the challenge last year for the first time – maybe I’ll manage this year too!


  8. Yes! Glad to see that 20 Books is back for this summer. I’m going to be strategic and try to read the books I’ve bought on past holidays, which are mostly Cornish, so that I can pretend I’m away from home.

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  9. I can hardly believe this has come round again, but I enjoyed it very much last year and will definitely aim to take part this summer too. Making the list is indeed great fun. Thanks so much for hosting it.


  10. I’ve been waiting for this announcement!! I’ve been doing really well this year sticking to all of my reading plans so I think I’m going to go for the full 20 this year which might end up being a bad idea considering the previous times I have participated I set it for 10 and never made it.


  11. Well… I just checked and I have 12 ARCs that will be released between June 1st and September 1st. Plus there’s always a few print books I read at the same time… Maybe I’ll join this time… we’ll see!


  12. In 2019 I was unable to get through 10 books of summer, but am going to make a list of 20 for this summer and see how it goes. Thanks for hosting this challenge again!

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